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Saudi-based Islamic organization calls for Afghan cease-fire

AP  |  Riyadh 

A summit of religious scholars organized by the Saudi-based has called for a new cease-fire in Afghanistan, a request already dismissed out of hand by the

The summit held by the 57-nation organisation ended today. Participants issued a communique asking all sides in the conflict to put down their arms and begin "direct Afghan negotiations" to end the country's nearly 17-year war.

The government of had welcomed the conference, which came after a cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of The accepted a three-day truce, but rejected Ghani's offer to extend it.

The dismissed the Saudi summit before it began, saying they only want direct talks with the on the withdrawal of all American troops.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 18:40 IST